The following members of the public spoke
prior to the consideration of the item:
Councillor Louise Jones-Roberts
The Deputy Chief Executive introduced the
report which detailed the proposal for a
second Business Improvement District (BID)
term, what the BID had achieved in
its first term and the recommended course of
The Committee discussed the proposals and
asked questions. The Deputy Chief Executive gave points of
clarification where necessary. Points including the following were
Issues regarding the current condition of St Margaret’s
Street were raised. It was confirmed that this would be a matter
for the city council to address rather than the BID.
Questions were raised as to why the BID levy could not have been
paid in instalments. It was confirmed
that although the city council collect the levy, it would be a
matter for the BID to decide whether or not to allow monthly
payments. A factor which could have had
an effect on the BID’s decision on whether to allow monthly
payments would be that the city council incurs costs for collecting
payments monthly and would need to recover costs from the BID,
leaving less money for the BID to provide services such as
Christmas lights, flowers, etc.
Questions were raised regarding the figures in the report and
supplement. The Deputy Chief Executive
confirmed that she would need to look up those answers and report
back at another time.
It was raised that the services currently provided by the BID would
be better provided by the city council.
It was raised that should the BID be renewed, the BID board should
contact the dissatisfied BID levy payers to ensure they receive
good value for money.
It was suggested that, as a way forward, the dissatisfied BID levy
payers should attend the networking events the BID hold to discuss
It was highlighted that the BID was able to provide what the city
council could not due to budget constraints and that the BID would
be good value for money.
Concerns were raised that the BID was undemocratic.
It was raised that the BID had done good things for the city
centre, increasing footfall and thereby a potential increase in
revenue by providing what the city council no longer could, such as
advertising,etc. The city council
should support small business where possible and the BID would be
the best mechanism to do so.
RESOLVED – To authorise the Chief
Executive to vote ‘yes’ with the Council’s votes
as a Non-Domestic Rates levy payer in the ballot.
Reason for the decision: The
advantages for the city and it’s economy have been proven
during the first BID term. A second BID term offers a viable and
proven way to deliver ...
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